Australia regain ICC Test Mace
Australia has regained the prestigious ICC Test Mace and has also won a cash award of 1 million US dollars after winning the Christchurch Test by seven wickets, which has given it a two-nil series win against New Zealand.
The result means Australia has finished two points ahead of India on 112 points in the final series before the 1 April cut-off date.
Steve Smith will receive the Mace and the cash award on behalf of his team in a ceremony to be held at a later date.
This is the eighth time Australia has finished as the number-one ranked Test side at the annual cut-off date since the inception of the current rankings system in 2003.
It had earlier topped the table each year from 2003 to 2009, before India claimed number-one spots in 2010 and 2011.
England ended as the number-one ranked side in 2012 before South Africa completed a hat-trick by retaining the top spot from 2013 to 2015.
India, by virtue of finishing second, will collect $500K, while South Africa will pocket $200K and Pakistan $100K after claiming third and fourth positions, respectively.
It is a double delight for Smith's men who had earlier topped the ICC ODI Team Rankings at the annual cut-off date. It had finished comfortably ahead of second-placed New Zealand, followed by India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and England.
RANK TEAM POINTS
1 Australia 112
2 India 110
3 South Africa 109
4 Pakistan 106
5 England 102
6 New Zealand 96
7 Sri Lanka 89
8 West Indies 76
9 Bangladesh 47
10 Zimbabwe 05
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